Heavy Prog Giants Boss Keloid Announce UK Tour
British heavy-prog band Boss Keloid have announced a short run of UK dates in May culminating with their appearance at Portals Festival on 15th May in London. Fresh from an onslaught of 'album of the year' accolades at the end of last year, the band will be touring their critically acclaimed album Family The Smiling Thrush with special guests Our Man In The Bronze Age.
Comments vocalist Alex Hurst,
"We are very excited to be heading back out on the road on this short run in May that finishes off with the amazing Portals Festival at the Boston Music Rooms in London. Performing our music to a live audience and seeing the joy it brings is something we love and cherish the opportunity to do. Joining us on the first three dates will be the magnificent Our Man In The Bronze Age."
Boss Keloid will bring their gargantuan sounds to:
May 12 – Trillians , Newcastle
May 13 – The Parish, Huddersfield
May 14 – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford
May 15 - Boston Music Room, London (Portals Festival) *
*Boss Keloid only
In 2021 the band released their worldwide critically acclaimed fifth album Family The Smiling Thrush via Ripple Music. Perhaps Boss Keloid's most ambitious album yet, it demonstrates their biggest transformation to date. Entering a new realm which leans more towards the grandeur of monumental prog-rock whilst still embracing their metal edge, the album is a true masterclass in versatility. Seven towering tracks of emotional energy, psychedelic grooves and riff-oriented guitar work combine with the signature melodic yet passionate style that vocalist Alex Hurst has been tweaking and perfecting since their debut, Angular Beef Lesson, in 2010.
Produced and mastered by Chris Fielding at the legendary Foel Studios in Wales, the band entered the studio with a focus on gaining a clearer, more open sounding recording than ever before. The end result is a typically Boss Keloid gargantuan soundscape, littered with spacious jams and sticky grooves which twist and turn in euphonic harmony. Family The Smiling Thrush is their most attention-grabbing effort to date and only further cements their status as one of this era's most interesting and vital bands.
Lyrically throughout Family The Smiling Thrush Boss Keloid explore the notion of the collective being greater than the individual, embracing all flaws and the strengths of each. Each song burrows deeply into areas such as community, communication, family, personal growth, mindfulness and positive inner reflection, inviting the listener to not only join but truly revel in the journey of being alive.